This is a very average story with moderately interesting main characters -- Carlin Reed and ranch owner Zeke Decker. Carlin is on the run from a policeman who obsesses over her and decides to kill her when she doesn't return his affection.
She winds up in Battle Ridge, Wyoming, a small town growing smaller, as times become more difficult for the ranchers. Zeke doubts Carlins story but agrees to the deadbolts and cash payments. He needs a housekeeper and cook desperately.
However, along the way, Zeke realizes the terror Carlin lives with and sets out to do something about it. He teaches Carlin how to shoot and fight dirty, which gives her confidence.
Whatever suspense there was didnt travel through the pages; Brad, the bad policeman, was two-dimensional. The relationship between Kat and Carlin seemed natural and realistic.
The little woman taking over a house in turmoil is an oft-used device. This book didnt add anything different or interesting to the plotline. This was definitely a ho-hum novel.
This book had a great story--but was WAY too long & drawn-out! The authors could've boiled this down to 200 pages, instead of 367!
Anyway...still enjoyable, so that's what counts.
I tried Linda Howard's Biscuit Recipe in the back of the book--EPIC FAIL! Take it from me, don't waste your time! This recipe is terrible.
I am a fantastic baker--cakes, cookies, pie crust & cheesecake from scratch, bread dough--EVERYTHING turns out great! Except these biscuits!
I followed the recipe to a T--and they were awful. Flat, blah & icky. Even slathered in peanut butter & jelly my kids wouldn't eat them. The dough was too sticky. They didn't raise in the oven. A waste of time & ingredients!
Try the Better Homes & Gardens classic cookbook Biscuit recipe instead--it's perfect. Making Linda's recipe made my feel just like Carlin--a kitchen disaster! LOL! :)
Excellent read, couldnt put it down. Great character development, waiting for the next book in this just introduced series.